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Benelli 175cc Turismo 4TN 1932

Tonino Benelli used a competition version of the 175 on which he won four Italian championship titles in five years: in 1927, 1928 and 1930 with the single overhead camshaft (SOHC) version, and in 1931 using a DOHC engine.


Engine: Single cylinder four-stroke single OHC, gear driven

Bore & stroke: 62 x 57 mm

Engine Capacity: 175cc (Factory: 173cc)

Maximum power: 7 h.p. (10 kW)

Valves per cylinder: 2

Cooling system: Air cooled

Lubrication: Dry sump with oil tank in front of crankcase and engine radiator oil

Transmission: Gear primary, chain final

Clutch: Cable operated with multiple wet disc in oil bath

Gearbox: 4-Speed Benelli gearbox with hand change

Starter: Kick-starter

Throttle: Cable operated

Frame type: Interrupted double cradle frame

Front Suspension: Parallel fork with central spring

Rear Suspension: Oscillating rear suspension

Front Brake: Drum

Rear Brake: Drum

Front tyre: 19"

Rear tyre: 19"

Seat: solo saddle

Top speed: approx. 80 km/h

Weight: approx. 140 kg.

Source: Hessink's NL

Note. The specifications given here do not match those given in the 1932 factory brochure.